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Hyslop, Lois Boe.

Baudelaire's `Hymne à la beauté'

1979 Spring-Summer; 7(3-4): 202-12.


Baudelaire's "Hymne à la beauté" with its three intertwining themes (the exaltation of beauty, the satanic and/or divine origin of beauty, and the effect of beauty) reveals certain philosophical and aesthetic beliefs of the author: beauty has the power of opening the door of the infinite; man is moved by two simultaneous impulses, the one toward God, the other toward Satan; art, of which beauty is the goal, reflects the duality of man; art is a purifying agent capable of transforming horror and even evil into beauty; beauty arouses either the divine or satanic side of man's dual nature. (LBH)
Keywords: textual analysis